Subjects That Help to Understand Spice Trade

The Spice Trade is a very large event to discuss. However, this can be broken down into pieces when social studies subjects such as primary sources and visual items exist. Primary sources tell the readers all the facts written during that time. “By the most modest reckoning our empire (Rome) pays an annual 100 million HS to India, China and the Arab peninsula. That is the cost of our luxury and our women.” (Pliny, Naturis Historia XII-XLI-84). In this primary source, Pliny seems to be noting the large amount of money the Roman Empire has spent on spices. Pointing out that major empires like Rome had a great interest in spices would have been difficult without this document. Primary source is the most basic way to have in mind what has happened in the past.

silk road map1_1        ( Silk Road Map. Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center. Silk Road Reading Unit – 4th-5th Grade. Web. 6 September 2015.)

Not only written documents, but visual aids like this map above can also help to understand how the trade of spices occurred. This map shows the Silk Road, a famous web of trade routes connecting Asia and Europe. By observing this map, one is able to understand that the trade of goods started from both the Southeastern Asia and Japan, to the center of Europe and Northern tip of the African continent. Moreover, he or she is able to infer that the cities near the major trade routes would have prospered due to the frequent visits of traders coming to trade or rest there. Therefore, maps are a great way to understand the location of the events occurred.

There are more subjects important in understanding history, in example drawings from the time related to spice trades. However, to get the major idea of what the trade was and how it happened, written documents that describe how important spices were to people and maps that show how the goods traveled are probably the most suitable resources. Social studies subjects can be and are a great way to let the wonderers comprehend the history and narrow broad topics so that the readers can see the details.